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Opposition Weighs Another IPC For 2016

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In fact the unity, he added, was so strong that it was being coveted by the ruling NRM party, which explains government’s determination to suppress the campaign.


“I think we are beginning to look too good in comparison with the NRM. When they see us come together like this, they realize they are a leaking house, and they don’t want any other house which is not leaking to stand,” he said told press on Monday.


The “Free and Fair Elections Now campaign” has for the last few weeks been spread across the country by a coalition of five opposition parties together with members of civil society, amidst fierce interference from police.


“Now we are gathered against a smaller cause – impunity and police brutality, but tomorrow we might decide to establish a united front as opposition in the 2016 elections,” he said.


But this he noted would be based on the experience of working together in this campaign.


“Of course people are cynical, but I can assure you that this unity is bigger than us as individuals or our single political organisations.”


Mao’s comments will not go unnoticed by those that keenly followed stories on the initial Inter-party Coalition.


The 2007 formulated political alliance did not live long to fulfil its purpose of posing a formidable challenge against incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in the 2011 elections, thanks to the deficient funding and vested individual interests.


Comprised of opposition parties UPC, FDC, CP, and SDP, the Alliance carried out a number of activities and also joined hands with other Pressure group called Suubi which brought together opposition politicians in the Buganda region.


While some of members of his Democratic Party expressed outright interest in joining the coalition, Mao remained opposed to it, in what many interpreted as fear that the country’s oldest party would be overshadowed by other parties, especially in Buganda where it enjoyed a lot of loyalty.


Responding to a subsequent barrage of attacks from people for rejecting the coalition, Mao said, “We can take all these attacks in our stride. As a party, we have decided to take the high road. We choose not to join the mud-bath.”


He was later to attack the then FDC President, Col Kiiza Besigye, accusing him of failing the IPC by trying to suppress other parties.


“IPC failed because Col. Besigye didn’t adhere to the agreed protocol. Summit members were to get support for the positions they were aspiring for but Col. Besigye undermined people like Michael Mabikke and Muhammad Mayanja who should have been supported under the protocol. If you are not faithful in small things, will you be faithful in big ones,” noted Mao.


Uganda People’s Congress (UPC)’s Olara Otunnu also later jumped out of the coalition, citing similar and other reasons.


Speaking yesterday on the chances of the IPC reestablishment, Otunnu, said they would leave that to a natural progression from the current opposition unity (against bad electoral system) to higher levels.


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